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9 This grand tree anchoring the SE corner of the City Hall courtyard is a Gumbo-limbo. I planted it here just 12 years before this photo was taken and it was probably just a limb stuck in a pot of soil 4 years before that. Here on this spot, it is on the northernmost border of its native range that extends down through the Caribbean to Venezuela. Growing nearby (photo on the right), is a young Sugarberry tree. that was planted just 3 years ago at less than half this height. The island is not far from the southernmost border of its native range that extends northward to Indiana and westward to Oklahoma. The overlap of their two native ranges defines a narrow region in which this barrier island is located and in which both trees occur naturally. The image of them growing side by side is therefore a significant component of the natural look and identity of this place.

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